Hilary Rose O'Connell awarded the 2014 James Andrew Haas Prize

The James Andrew Haas Prize is awarded annually to “that member of the Senior Class in Yale College whose breadth of intellectual achievement, strength of character, and fundamental humanity shall be adjudged by the faculty to have provided leadership for his or her fellow students, inspiring in them a love of learning and concern for others.” This year the Haas Prize is awarded to Hilary Rose O’Connell of Timothy Dwight College.

Hilary Rose O’Connell

[Editor’s note: The pronouns in this citation have been changed to reflect the recipient’s identification as genderqueer/non-binary.]

Hilary O’Connell was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Commencement and graduates summa cum laude with Distinction in their major, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. They were awarded the Steere Prize for a “senior essay which best exemplifies advances in scholarship gained by focusing on women or gender roles and/or by employing feminist theory.”

As one of the foremost and most unwavering queer voices on campus for four years, O’Connell’s leadership and accomplishments have transformed Yale College. Early in their freshman year they began mobilizing our vibrant and diverse LGBTQ community in ways that included being president of the LGBTQ Student Cooperative, serving on the Inter-Ivy board that brought the Annual Ivy League LGBTQ Conference to Yale, and chairing the Committee that plans the annual Pride@Yale event. As a freshman counselor in Timothy Dwight, they brought their characteristic energy and deep compassion to their work with their freshmen and fellow counselors.

For their outstanding commitment to service to Yale College and the clear promise of strong moral leadership in their future, Yale College is proud to bestow the James Andrew Haas Memorial Prize for 2014 upon Hilary Rose O’Connell.

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